CAER 2017 Begins... Thursday 4th May!

CAER 2017 Begins... Thursday 4th May!
What will be uncovered this year?
We're back for our 11th season during which examination of trench IV will be continued. Our work will examine the interior of the masonry building (the possible chapel) with its drain discharging into the ditch, the western part of the ditch feature where it is overlain by the medieval building and the underlying deposits. This year trench IV will also be extended to the south in order to locate and examine a stone structure identified during the excavation of a service trench in 2013.
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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Puddle management

Michael updates us on what happened on day three:

Following a night of torrential rain the prospects for today were not good, but apart from a shower in the afternoon the weather held off. The first job of the day was to get rid of excess water from the site and this was done with hand shovels and sponges…the latter being FAR more affective. Once the puddles had been soaked up, we continued towelling the site and the building foundations became clearer. That was how the day began and ended for us, Group B, but we also had a go at levelling and photography in-between. When setting up the dumpy level for the levelling we all took it in turns standing like lemons with the meter stick whilst someone else in the group took the readings. For my turn I was approached by several members of the public who seemed interested in what we were doing and were keen to hear about what had been found today. I was able to tell them about the various finds we unearthed earlier including a piece of unstratified Roman pottery, numerous fragments of animal bone and lots iron artefacts (nails I think?).


Apart from the septic smell that is developing from near the spoil heap, it was yet another pleasant day. As a result of the trench being cleaned further, it is beginning to look more like an archaeological site opposed to just a big hole in the ground with few points of interest as it did a few days ago. Here’s hoping for a dry night so the work everyone did today is not undone!

Mike and Matt and ladder prepare for a photo.

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